My 14 year old daughter has shown an interest in being a foriegn excange student in a couple of years (maybe her junior or senior year of highschool). I am just wondering if there are any Catholic programs out there. She goes to a public school. Any ideas? Thanks.
In high school, I spent a summer in Spain with the Foundation for International Cooperation (ficcultureswap.org/) At a quick glance on the website, I didn’t see a religious affiliation, but our group in Buffalo definitely was. All meetings were held at a church and included a send-off and welcome home Mass.
I was an exchange student with AFS - American Field Services. I left at 16!! and spent a year in Italy. My mom was so sad and scared to send her baby off, but my dad knew I would be ok:thumbsup: I had to raise the money and did so the summer before–I think it was about $1500 (that was over 10 years ago) When you applied, you could ask for requested first second and third countries. And then you could ask to be placed with a Catholic family, non-smoking, pets yes/no, kids, ages, boys/girls…everything. It was a WONDERFUL!!! experience. I left Italy fluent in Italian and with an appreciation for the culture and a new understanding of the world. Let her GO!!! I can not stress how life changing this experience was for me. I was called to do it. Just one day at 15, I thought hmmmm, I think I want to do that–mentioned it to my parents thinking they would say NO WAY! but they said to get more info…the rest is history.
how about this?
suggest your daughter to come here to croatia - it’s a 90% catholic country
or poland, for instance.
so you don’t have to worry about the program - there are catholic churches every 700 meters here